Hello and Welcome!

Thanks for visiting. Route 66 holds a place in many peoples hearts. If you have any memories or places along Route 66 you would like to add, please email me at designsbyjulieann@gmail.com If you have anything to add or share on things already posted, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks, Julie

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Some Cool Products I Found At Zazzle

I saw this and thought it was really nice. Thought I'd share...


Monday, October 12, 2009

A Great Time At the St. Louis Route 66 Festival

This years St. Louis Route 66 Festival was great. Some great cars and motorcycles in the shows. I ate too much carnival food, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more.

I got another book from Connie Corcoran Wilson, Ghostly Tales of Route 66 From Arkansas to Arizona. Will review in a later post.

The bands were great and of course Kim Massey and her band put on a terrific show.

Monday, September 28, 2009

St. Louis Route 66 Festival Saturday October 3

If you're in the St. Louis area or will be here this upcoming weekend, be sure to come to the St. Louis Route 66 Festival at the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

This event is a fun family event and you'll have a great time. The event runs from 11:30 AM until 6:30 PM.

Lots of vendors, classic car show, motorcycle show and some great bands. You'll want to be sure to stick around and hear Kim Massie, she puts on a great show.

For more information, please visit Trailnet.Org.

Hope to see you there, if you see me be sure and say "hi Julie"!

God Bless,


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello Everyone!


I know it's been awhile since I posted anything. I do apologize for not adding anything new. I went back to Indiana to see my family and have not had a chance to get to a computer.

I got a new camera and I hope to get out and take some pictures of sites along Route 66 here in St. Louis. Be sure and watch for these photos. I would appreciate any comments or constructive criticism on my pictures.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer and remember to watch for and take care around our motorcycle riding Route 66 enthusiasts. Below I've included some great motorcycle related products from Zazzle.

Talk to you later and bless you all...


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Book Review: Ghostly Tales of Route 66

In October of 2008, I went to the St. Louis Route 66 Festival. One of the vendors there was Connie Wilson with some of her books. The above title caught my eye and I purchased a copy. Ms. Wilson signed the copy and was a very charming lady.

After starting to read the book, I could not put it down. I read the book in an entire setting. The tales of haunts along Route 66 is very interesting and keeps one's attention. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in haunted and paranormal subjects. In addition to being a great read, Ghostly Tales of Route 66 opens up a broader choice of places to explore while traveling Route 66.

Spring is Near...

With warmer weather coming, you'll start to notice more motorcycles on the road. You'll see more of our biker friends along Route 66.

Keep an eye out and take caution when driving so not to hit someone on a motorcycle. It will not be a moment to remember for either party.

If you're a biker and going to travel along Route 66 this year, there are some great motorcycle shops along the way you may want to check out.

Here in St. Louis, we have a great one, Doc's in Kirkwood. Doc's has been in business for over fifty years and a great member of our business community. They have a great selection of bikes and "biker gear". In addition, you can rent a bike if you so desire!

Doc's is located at the corner of Kirkwood (Lindbergh, US 67) and Big Bend Roads.

Enjoy the road and keep an eye out for our biker friends.

Happy Riding!

69th Anniversary Sturgis Rally

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another Route 66 Festival

Coming up October 9-10, the City of Edwardsville in Illinois will be having their 13th annual Route 66 Festival.

A good time to be had for all awaits us in October. For more information, visit the official website. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When in St. Louis

A side attraction I highly recommend when traveling through St. Louis is Chuck-A-Burger. Chuck-A-Burger is a walk through the past. Great burgers that are reasonably priced. For those of you who are old enough to remember these type of places, you be headed down memory lane.

There are two locations in the area. One at 9025 St. Charles Rock Rd. in St. John and also at 3150 Elm Point Industrial in St. Charles County.

In the summer, the St. Charles location has car shows on Saturdays with some really great old cars.

When possible, support this local business and enjoy a great meal and shake. You will enjoy it thoroughly.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This Short Story Was Submitted By My Fiancee Eric Bernabe

Thanks So Much Eric For Letting Me Share Your Story With My Readers!

I was not much on being nostalgic until I took a road trip to Las Vegas in my early twenties.

Having grandparents that lived south of Oklahoma City, every summer my family would load into the car and make the ten hour drive to spend a few weeks with them. As a child I can remember stopping along the way to eat at places that were not fast food and served a “real meal”. Reading the signs promising a good time in New Mexico and Arizona, the Blue Whale in Catoosa, my brother and I snickering every time we would see a Campbell’s Express trailer’s slogan “Humpin’ to Please”, and of course a free seventy-two ounce steak in Amarillo.

As I grew, the trips to Oklahoma became fewer as parent’s careers became hectic and I pursued the foolishness of youth. Memories of the roadside stops along the way were tucked away in the back of my mind. Years later, a new home brought about a new friend with a love for the western United States. He would tell me of the wonders of the west and all its beauty. I became intrigued and my wanderlust was stirred. Finally after “being legal” and recovering from the first bar experience I had some vacation time and some money so I decided to head west to Las Vegas and began my journey to being nostalgic and my love of Route 66.

A reintroduction to the American standards had me listening to several versions of Bobby Troupe’s song Route 66. So that was the path I was to take to Nevada’s desert oasis. Driving towards Las Vegas, I saw so many reminders of my youth that brought back fond memories of my grandparents and favorite cousins and finally seeing the sites that were advertised through Missouri and Oklahoma further down the road in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Years later…A little older, new fiancée and family.

My fiancée moved to St. Louis, Missouri from back east. She had heard of Route 66, but did not think much about it. Being in a tough spot in our careers after her move, we found inexpensive activities to occupy ourselves with in St. Louis. We spent many hours exploring various spots along Route 66. We instantly fell in love with anything and everything concerning Route 66.

Route 66 offers something for everyone. I would recommend to all, take some time and explore this great piece of America.

Happy Travels!


Official Route 66 Festival and Classic Car Festival

The city of Litchfield in Illinois is hosting their Sixth Annual Route 66 Festival the weekend of June 26 through June 28 2009.

Starting Friday at 5PM, there is a lot of family fun to be had all weekend. If you live nearby or will be near, I recommend taking some time and experiencing this event.

For more information, visit Litchfield's page with more information.

Be sure and look for me and my family there and say "hi"!

The following is various photos of me and my family. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Route 66...Ghosts of the Mother Road

Visit the following website to find interesting articles and ghostly places to visit along the Mother Road of America!


Traveling Route 66

Route 66 has a certain mystique about it in the United States. The mother of all roads runs over two thousand miles between Chicago and Los Angeles. Built gradually in the years of the late 1950s, Route 66 is now officially named, “Historic Route 66” because of its special place in the hearts of Americans and the role it played in creation of the ethos of travel that is so pervasive in this country. From the dustbowlers to the Beatniks, this road has been a pivotal part of the nation’s cultural history. Aside from being an icon of the wandering spirit, Route 66 provides a traveler with memorable glimpses of Midwestern towns, cities, and villages. Along the way there are stretches of road that seem to go on for miles and miles without any sign of life, and then there are the areas where the roadside is bustling with activity. If you want to go on a road trip and have the time to do it right, Route 66 might be your road to take. Here is how to best get your kicks on Route 66.

There are ten places along the route that are not to be missed. The first is “exotic World”. Exotic World is the world’s only museum dedicated to the striptease guild. In this museum you will find room after room filled with relics of old striptease shows over the years.

London Bridge is located in the middle of the Arizona Desert. It was the inspiration for the children’s rhyme, “London Bridge” because it was built from the actual parts of the London Bridge in England. When the original bridge could no longer handle the heavy traffic of the city it was dissembled and shipped to Arizona.

Fifty miles west of Albuquerque there is a unique city called Acoma Pueblo. It stands atop a four-hundred foot sandstone table. It is called “Sky City” for its tremendous views. Dating back to 1150, it is one of the oldest communities in North America. In Acoma Pueblo you will find traditional adobe houses and excellent pottery. The largest Spanish colonial church in the state, San Esteban del Rey Mission, is also located in this city.

Traveling miles west you will come upon the next stop of choice, Tinkertown. Tinkertown is located in New Mexico, west of Santa Fe. Tinkertown is a collection of over one thousand carved miniature wooden figures arranged on tiny stages. There is a circus display as well as a Wild West town display to enjoy.

After Tinkertown you will be headed into Texas. The Cadillac Ranch located in Amarillo, Texas is not to be missed along the way. From your car you will see eleven Cadillac cars upended in the plains. This shrine to America’s adored vehicle was established in May of 1974 by the San Francisco-based Ant Farm artist’s and architects’ collective. All the cars were bought from local junkyards and planted into the ground. Since their initial planting there has been the expected graffiti, however, the ranch is well worth the stop.

If you want to fully appreciate the importance and history behind the road on which you travel you may want to stop at the official Route 66 museum. Located in Old Town Elk City in Oklahoma, the museum has an old pickup truck decorated in the likeness of the vehicle in the classic movie, “Grapes of Wrath,” and is full of Route 66 paraphernalia from over the years.

While you are still in Oklahoma you can stop at Will Roger’s Memorial. It is located one mile west of Claremore on a hill that overlooks the town. Will Rogers, America’s favorite cowboy, has his tomb onsite. There is a statue of dedication as well as a small museum full of paraphernalia pertaining to and from his life on the saddle.

In Missouri a great place to visit is the Meramec Caverns. These limestone caves offer interesting hikes and much history. The stalagmites and stalactites, along with the inner cavern water systems are a sight to see. Taking a tour of the caverns will offer you these views as well as a glimpse into the history associated with the caves.

Last but not least on the list of places on Route 66 is Cozy Dog in Springfield, Illinois. Cozy Dog is the drive-in restaurant where corn dogs were first made and marketed. Here you can see a small museum dedicated to the birth of this culinary treat and enjoy a dog or three—with or without chili.

The stops listed above are just suggestions on potential places to visit. Route 66 has many more interesting places to explore, but to get a real feel for the mother of all roads you should consider visiting one or two of the above mentioned sites.
Author Unknown

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Route 66 State Park

If you're near St. Louis or visit the area, be sure to visit the Route 66 State Park. The park is located at the location of the former town of Times Beach Missouri near Eureka.

The park offers lots of activities to keep you and the family busy. Picnic areas, trails, birdwatching and a great museum and shop with Route 66 items. Every chance Eric and I get, we like to go and spend more than we should at the shop. The shop has a nice selection of Route 66 items and some of the stuff you would buy when traveling back in the day.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Brief History of Route 66

"...and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads, 66 is the mother road, the road of flight." -- John Steinbeck - "The Grapes of Wrath".

Route 66 is the highway that will not die. In 1985, the Federal government decommissioned the last stretch of Route 66. Nearly twenty-five years after the decommission, Route 66 is still alive in books, movies, songs, in our imaginations and memories and on the internet. All along the historic route, the buildings and signs are being restored and kept alive with "Historic Route 66" signs that lead people down the most famous American road.

In 1925, Route 66 was born out of an act of Congress. A new highway was created out of joining of existing roads from Chicago to Los Angeles. The route was "continuously paved" by 1938. Route 66 provided a passage for millions including Dust Bowl refugees and wartime job-seekers. Tourists traveling by automobile joined the path west seeking excitement and adventure. The tourist camps, diners, gas stations, and the hackneyed roadside attractions.

Route 66 was immortalized a song written in 1946 by the late Bobby Troup and recorded by the late Nat King Cole. Now, Route 66 has taken a spot in our national lexicon:

When you make that California trip!
If any Joe . . . tells you to go . . . some other way,
Say nix!
Get your kicks . . . on Route 66!" -- Bobby Troup

Unique buildings were built along Route 66 to attract the traveler with a touch of local character. Travelers could buy gas at Cosden Gas Station that was shaped like an iceberg in Albuquerque, New Mexico; eat a hot dog on a stick dipped in batter in Springfield, Illinois or Sleep in a teepee in Holbrook, Arizona. The icons have burned fond memories into many of our hearts and minds..

By the 1980's, the roads that showed true America were replaced by the Interstate Highways. Interstates offered faster and safer travel across our nation, but lost was meeting new people, regional cuisine and unique tourist traps. Today, a travel eats the same meal in St. Louis as well as Gallup. The people who offer services are not the friendly business owner who cares about service.

Route 66 continues to live on and attracts people from all over the world hoping to find a little piece of Americana. To learn more about Route 66, please visit National Historic Route 66 Federation.

If you would like to help preserve Route 66 and/or meet others interested in Route 66, consider joining a regional association.

National Historic Route 66 Federation
Route 66 Association of Illinois
Route 66 Association of Missouri
Kansas Historic Route 66 Association
Oklahoma Route 66 Association
Old Route 66 Association of Texas
Route 66 Association of New Mexico
Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona
California Historic Route 66 Association

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seeing Gallup New Mexico

If you are looking for an amazing place to visit when you decide to rent a charter bus, you are sure to find great delight in all that the area of Gallup has
to offer. As if renting a great charter bus for 22 or 24 people is not fun enough, there are all sorts of really cool places that you can go to for a good
amount of sightseeing. This is the type of stuff that memories are made of and you and your charter bus friends can make the most of a wonderful day
trip to Gallup. To be venturing out into Gallup, if you are a person who is into nature and outdoor sports, you will really have it made. This is because
there are literally tons of amazing places where you can go to climb, hike, bike and so much more. A couple of the more famous places that you can
get out to hike are Pyramid Rock Trail, which is three miles round trip and also Church Rock Trail that happens to be two miles altogether round trip.
For those individuals in your charter bus group who are interested in mountain biking, the High Desert Trail System is just perfect to get in a good ride.
There is a good range of terrain to explore to give several different levels of challenge to all riders. Of course, while you are in Gallup, you can have
the charter bus bring you along for a ride on the famous Route 66. Millions of people travel this popular stretch of road every single year so that they
can catch a glimpse of the amazing countryside as well as become a part of history itself. There are all sorts of really neat places that you can stop to
explore along the way. You and your charter bus friends are more than welcome to stop off for a bit of shopping, dining or just to take pictures along
the way. Another interesting place that you can stop by and see when you are exploring Gallup from your charter bus is the Petrified Forest National
Park. Many people make this beautiful and interesting park a stop on their regular vacations. Not only is this a place where you can go to see and
learn all that there is to know about petrified wood, it is also one of the largest in the world. You and your charter bus pals can stop by to take all sorts
of pictures as well as hear about all sorts of wonderful fossils, with some being 225 million years old. A charter bus stop in Gallup such as this is great
and always rewarding because there are always new fossils that are found every single year.

About the Author

Kurt Clark is a freelance writer & CEO of Kurt Clark, Inc, a web development firm. Read more at: http://www.kurtclarkinc.com Research Credit: http://www.uscoachways.com - a New York based charter bus rental company

Source: http://www.articlestreet.com

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Itty Bitty Restaurant - Mitchell, Illinois

One of my favorite places to dine along Route 66 is the Itty Bitty Restaurant. It's a cozy little dining experience with a surprisingly choice of menu items. The food is great and the staff is very friendly and top notch! If you are ever in the area on your next road trip be sure and visit this little restaurant for a fun and unique dining experience! You'll find the Itty Bitty Restaurant just up the road from the famed Luna.

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Itty Bitty Restaurant
512 E. Chain Of Rocks Rd.
Granite City, IL 62040
(618) 797-1337

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Shirley, IL 61772
(309) 874-3360

In 1824, Isaac Funk, the founder of what would become Funks Grove made maple sirup along with his sons. About 1860, his son Isaac II took over sirup production and in 1891, his son Arthur opened the first commercial sirup farm at Funks Grove selling one gallon of sirup for one dollar. The I-55 rest area is where the original cooking house stood.

In the 1920's, Hazel Funk Holmes, Isaac II's niece took over the family business moving the cooking house to its present location. She rented the property to tenants who would farm and make the maple sirup. Hazel had the land and timber protected so that future generations could enjoy maple sirup. Hazel also wished the spelling to remain sirup.

Because of heavy sugar taxes during World War II, production of sirup was stopped. Production began again in 1943. Stephen Funk took over sirup production in 1947.

In the 1970's, Interstate 55 was planned to be routed through part of the grove. The interstate was rerouted though petitions and the grove was saved.

With the current interest in Route 66, the business has thrived and the product line has expanded. Funks Grove is a "must see" when traveling old Route 66.

Things to See, People to Meet

This is courtesy of Friends of the Mother Road

Route 66 - A List of things to see and do. Places to eat. People to meet.

There are as many ideas about must-see attractions as there are roadies, but here are some of my favorites. (Being a total piglet, I have a LOT of restaurants on my list. Bring your appetite; road food is a beautiful thing.)

McCook, IL: Snuffy's diner. This place epitomizes Chicago.

Wilmington, IL: Gemini Giant.

Odell, IL: Standard Oil Station.

Funks Grove, IL: Home of Funks Grove Maple Sirup (spelled with an "i" instead of a "y" because it contains no added sugar). Get a jug of sirup to take home, but more importantly, get some candy. The regular maple candy is wonderful, but you will absolutely feel like you need a cigarette after you take a bite of one of their maple truffles. Hopelessly decadent.

Atlanta, IL: There's a little grocery store just off 66 where you can get a big styrofoam cup full of deep-fried chicken gizzards or livers suitable for consuming with beer at the tavern on the corner.

Lincoln, IL: Ghost bridge.

Springfield, IL: Home of Abe Lincoln, Bill Shea's petroliana and Route 66 museum, and the birthplace of the corn dog -- the Cozy Dog Diner.

Raymond, IL: Our Lady of the Highways shrine.

Hamel, IL: Meramec Caverns barn, neon cross.

Mitchell, IL: Luna Cafe. Great old roadhouse.

Madison, IL: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

St. Louis, MO: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.

Times Beach, MO: Route 66 State Park.

Rolla, MO: Rolla Motors.

Newburg, MO: John's Modern Cabins.

Devil's Elbow, MO: Elbow Inn. Great biker/roadie bar.

Lebanon, MO: Munger Moss Motel. Try to get into town at night so you can see the gorgeously lit sign. Better yet, stay there.

Strafford, MO: Exotic Animal Paradise.

Riverton, KS: Eisler Bros. General Store

Miami, OK: Waylan's Ku-Ku. Have the fried green tomatoes.

Miami to Afton, OK: Sidewalk Highway.

Afton, OK: Afton Station. Stop and visit Laurel if she's there.

Catoosa, OK: Blue Whale.

Stroud, OK: Rock Cafe. Have an order of fried pickles and a glass of sweet tea.

Chandler, OK: Restored Phillips 66 station, Seaba Station. Be sure to visit Sue at Seaba Station.

Arcadia, OK: Round barn.

Bridgeport, OK: Pony truss bridge.

Hydro, OK: Lucille's.

Erick, OK: Visit Harley and Annabelle, then cruise over to the West Winds Motel to see some cool vintage cars at a cool vintage motel. You can almost hear the ghosts whisper....

Texola, OK: Weird rusted-out sign in the middle of an empty field; really old alignment of 66 that you can drive on if you don't mind stopping to move branches out of the way every now and then.

Shamrock, TX: U-Drop-Inn.

McLean, TX: Devil's Rope Museum, restored Phillips 66 station.

Amarillo, TX: Big Texan Steak Ranch (say hello to Becky Ransom!) and Cadillac Ranch.

Vega, TX: Vega Motel. A must-stay.

Adrian, TX: Midpoint Cafe. Have a slice of pie.

Glenrio, TX/NM: Cool ghost town.

Tucumcari, NM: Blue Swallow Motel. DO NOT MISS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I'm serious. This is my hands-down favorite place on the entire road. Just positively gorgeous. While you're in town, buy souvenirs at Tepee Curios and have dinner at La Cita, which is a restaurant shaped like a sombrero. Get up early the next morning after a good night's rest at the Blue Swallow and watch the sun rise over Tucumcari Mountain.

Santa Rosa, NM: Joseph's Cantina. Great breakfasts.

Santa Fe, NM: The whole town is just plain gorgeous.

Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM: La Bajada Hill. Allow a couple of extra hours to hike up the mesa and back down on a reeeeeeally old alignment of 66.

Albuquerque, NM: Neon everywhere you look, and the Monterey is a terrific motel. It's a nonsmoking motel, so if you need your nic fix, you might want to look elsewhere ... but it's a great value. Lots of amenities, very clean, low prices, laundry on the premises.

Grants, NM: Uranium Cafe. You must try their biscuits and gravy.

Gallup, NM: El Rancho Hotel ("Home of the Stars") and lots of vintage neon.

Lupton, AZ: Chief Yellowhorse's Trading Post. Burros, bison, petting zoo complete with obnoxious ponies, cheap souvenirs ... a classic.

East of Holbrook, AZ: Painted Desert. GORGEOUS.

Holbrook, AZ: Wigwam Motel.

Joseph City, AZ: HERE IT IS ... the most famous billboard on Route 66, at the Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Try some cherry cider.

Twin Arrows, AZ: Twin Arrows. Dilapidated but still cool.

Flagstaff, AZ: Old alignment of 66 just west of town in the Kaibab National Forest. Now a nice hiking trail.

Winslow, AZ: Yeah, it's hopelessly dorky, but you know you want to do it, so go ahead ... have your picture taken "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." After all, dorky photo ops are what being a tourist is all about. ;)

Seligman, AZ: Snow-Cap, Angel's Barbershop. Under no circumstances should you miss either of these attractions ... or the cool old guys who run them.

Hackberry, AZ: Hackberry General Store.

Oatman, AZ: Wild burros.

Needles, CA to Barstow, CA: Mojave Desert. Miles upon miles of
nothing, which I find somehow oddly reassuring.

Amboy, CA: Roy's.

Newbery Springs, CA: Bagdad Cafe. Meet General Bob.

Barstow, CA: Route 66 Mother Road Museum. Visit Deb Hodkin.

Victorville, CA: New Corral Motel. Gorgeous sign.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Bono's Historic Orange.

Pasadena, CA: Fair Oaks Pharmacy. Have a chocolate malt.

Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Pier and end of the line for Route 66.